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Visteon protesters face eviction

Belfast Visteon workers at KPMG
Belfast Visteon workers protest at KPMG offices

The administrators of the Visteon car parts factory in Belfast are taking legal steps to evict the former workers who are occupying the site.

A case brought by KPMG will be heard in the High Court in Belfast on Tuesday.

Visteon workers have been occupying the plant at Finaghy since they were sacked and the factory stopped operating in March.

A similar protest at another Visteon site in London ended after KPMG took legal action against union leaders.

Some of the former Visteon workers protested outside the KPMG offices in Belfast on Monday.

No one at KPMG was available for comment.

Nearly 600 jobs were lost at Visteon's three plants in the UK- 210 in Belfast - with staff being given less than an hour's notice.

KPMG said it had no alternative but to close the factories.

It said the business had never been profitable and Visteon UK's reported losses totalled £669m.

The workers said they were given guarantees on pay and conditions when the company was split off from Ford nine years ago and will only leave the plant when they are offered an adequate deal.

Last week they rejected a deal which Visteon said would give most employees an initial cash payment equivalent to 16 weeks pay.

Protesters in Northern Ireland picketed Ford showrooms over the Easter weekend.



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